Average sozzled Brit sinks 5,800 pints during life
Spends £58,201 on booze before kicking bucket
A "shock" survey has revealed that the average Brit will sink 5,800 pints during a lifetime of hardened drinking, washed down with 8,700 glasses of wine, 2,900 bottles of cider, 5,800 shots of spirits, 1,450 cocktails, 1,450 glasses of liquor and a similar number of glasses of bubbly.
The cost of this boozing is £962 a year, meaning that by the time your liver heads off to the great off licence in the sky, you'll have spunked an impressive £58,201.
That's according to Benenden Healthcare Society, which notes that most of us take our first livener at just 14, and then proceed to "have an alcoholic drink on at least three nights a week and consume nine drinks in total".
By Vulture Central standards this is a very modest estimate, but Benenden does correctly note that "four in ten Brits admitted they can’t go longer than a week without having a drink, but one in ten said they would struggle to make it through two days without cracking open a bottle".
A shocked Lawrence Christensen, Benenden Healthcare's Communications & Strategy head honcho, said: "Day by day, we may not notice our drinking habits and may not think about what it’s costing us. But add it all up and the amounts become quite staggering.
"Recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption are 3-4 units per day in men, equating to around a pint and a half of 4% strength beer, and 2-3 units in women - a single 175 ml glass of 13% strength wine for women.
"This means that by getting through 456 drinks a year on average, many Brits are sailing perilously close to the wind and, in many cases, most likely exceeding guidelines.
"The yearly financial cost of this level of consumption also gives pause for thought, with £962 a year being no small sum for many families in the UK."
That's all well and good, but as Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry Rawlinson once put it: "If I had all the money I'd spent on drink, I'd spend it on drink". ®
Sounds like money well spent
Since the alternative is having to listen to other peoples' boring stories while sober.
Costs are staggering
Like costs for council tax
Like gas bills
Like electricity bills
Like phone contracts
Like commuting costs
Like the mortgage or rent
Like the cost of government warmongering on an international scale
Like bank bailouts
It's enough to drive anyone to drink.
I am sure everyone will at some time work out the cost of their drinking, smoking or preferred habit and come to the conclusion that it's one of the few cost they have control over and is really a small total in the scheme of things, a small price to pay for a little enjoyment in our lives.
To really piss off the moralisers, next time you're in a supermarket; take £10 of beer, £10 of nappies, produce a £10 note at the checkout and have the nappies removed from the bill :-)
It should be noted that the guidlines are made up
The Sheffield study admitted that "four out of five cohort studies showed statistically significant reduction of all causes of mortality between 15 per cent and 25 per cent for moderate drinking". And "moderate" was around three pints of beer a day for men, or two glasses of wine for women, per day.